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ALEXANDER YON HTTMBOLDT.
CHAPTER  YIIL
JOUBNEY TO BUSSIA WITH G-. BOSE ANB EHBEBFBEBG-, IN 1829—
KASAN" AND THE BU1HS OB1 BULGARIA—EXPLOBIHGS IN THE VICI-
NITY OF JEKATHABIKE3STBUBG----THE EEABFUL BOBABHTSKT STEPPES
----ABBIVAL IN" THE CENTBE OE ASIA—WAY TOJTHE SOUTHEBN TJBAIt
DISTRICTS—KTBOM OBEKBEBG- TO ASTBAOHAH—BESEABCHES AKD
JOUBHEY ON THE CABBIAK SEA—^BETUBIST—BESULTS OF THE ASIATIC
JOtTBNEY.
TOK HUMBOLDT had communicated
with Gustav Hose and Ehrenberg, two naturalists,
Hying in Berlin., and had induced them to accom-
pany him on his projected journey. Each of the
three travellers had a special branch of activity
allotted to him, so that it might be more easily pos-
sible to superintend and arrange the rich materials
certain to accrue on this journey. Humboldt under-
took the observations on magnetism, the results of
geographical astronomy3 and the general preparation
of the geognostic and physical plan of North-Western
Asia. Gustav Rose undertook the chemical analyses
of mineralogy and the subsequent keeping of the tra-
velling diary, while the botanical and zoological
labours fell to Ehrenberg's share.
The munificence of the Ernperor Nicholas does
indeed deserve warm acknowledgments, and !kas
been of great advantage to science, which owes it to
these not inconsiderable sacrifices of the Russian
government that long existing errors have been cor-